Visiting Lithia Springs

August 29, 2014
Florida's Springs

Normally during the summer months we attempt to visit a new beach on this side of our coast or at least make it to Anna Maria Island. This summer we knew we would be staying at the beach for our vacation, so instead we decided to visit Florida’s Springs.  Lithia Springs has been on our list ever since we moved to Plant City.  I’ve been waiting for Piper to get a little bigger so she wouldn’t be scared of the cold water.  In case you’ve never been, the water remains at 72 degrees all year long.  In other words, its freezing.  At least to me, they are…

Lithia Springs

Lithia Springs is a 160-acre park located in Lithia, Florida on the Alafia River.  The spring is about 30 minutes from our house in Plant City.  Our trip was a last minute thing, just one of those hot days in Florida when you just want to take a cold shower because it’s so hot and humid outside.  That was us.  Instead, we stopped at a nearby Winn Dixie and picked up some sandwiches to have at the park.

 Lithia Springs

There’s an admission fee of $2 per vehicle (up to 8 people/car), $1 per additional person.  There’s also a $2 fee per person to go swim.  Hint: If you have the slightest inclination to go swimming, go ahead and pay the $2.  Otherwise, you’ll have to trek back to the entrance gate to get a wristband for swimming.

Lithia Springs

There’s small dock area where people were fishing.  Inside the park there is a nice shaded playground area and there are pavilions.  However, if you plan on using a pavilion, I suggest you reserve one because this park gets really busy.  We ended up setting up a “picnic” on the grass with our blankets because all of the picnic tables were being used.  If you’d like to read more about it, click here.

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  • Reply Claire August 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I want to go!!! Looks beautiful!
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  • Reply Natalie August 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    What a pretty place! I’m with you–72 degrees is FREEZING. I’m that person who won’t go in the water at the beach until it’s at least mid-July because I hate bathing in the cold/tepid water in May and June!
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  • Reply Tiffany August 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    What a beautiful hot day escape…
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  • Reply Christine August 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    This looks lovely!! I always love finding new places to go visit!
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  • Reply Suzanne Michele August 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This looks like such lovely spot to just have a day trip.
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  • Reply Reginia Cordell August 30, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Looks really relaxing. I love a laid back spot to just take it all in.
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  • Reply Alli August 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I grew up vacationing in Florida, but I’ve never heard of this place. It looks so refreshing!
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  • Reply Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog August 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I love taking last-minute day trips! We did a lot of that this summer too.
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  • Reply MJ @ Daisy & June August 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This looks like a lovely afternoon!
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  • Reply Aleshea Dominique September 1, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Looks like a nice and cool place to hang out.

  • Reply krystal September 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I went once when I was about ten! I remember really loving it.
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  • Reply Jennifer September 3, 2014 at 2:20 am

    What a fun day trip! But I’m with you – as a fellow Floridian, I don’t want to swim in that water either! Brrrrr!
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